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Lighting Solutions: 5 Tips to Light Every Room in Your Home Properly

Lighting Solutions: 5 Tips to Light Every Room in Your Home Properly

A very sad truth is that families spend less and less time at home together – each family member has their own hectic daily schedule, which usually ends near dinner time. After spending all that energy on your education, career, sports, and other things, it’s very difficult to commit to having some quality time with family.

A home needs to be a comfort zone for all family members and there are different ways to create that kind of atmosphere. Naturally, there are comfy beds, calming colors, just the right temperature and – of course – proper lighting.

As far as I’m concerned, each room should have a special treatment in accordance with its general purpose. Our concentration levels or – on the other hand – the ability to relax, have a lot to do with lighting, and you should use this fact to your advantage. So, let’s check these following lighting solutions!

1. Bedroom

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    A home should provide a peaceful environment. Being in a place where you rest and recharge your batteries, a bedroom should be a completely stress-free zone. My sincere suggestion is to have your lighting done subtly in this room – warm light sources distributed at the right places will help create a gentle, romantic environment.

    Other than the usual ceiling light, you should definitely get a couple of night table lamps. They are very practical – I’m sure we all have that awful moment when it’s necessary to get out of your comfy bed in order to turn off the main light source after reading before bed. A simple solution and a very cheap luxury, having a lamp right beside you will definitely make you happy.

    2. Living Room

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      The general idea for any living room is to be the center of family entertainment, which is why I believe you should have fun with this room. However, a living room is also a spot where guests are entertained as well, so you should strive towards some kind of balance.

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      This project shouldn’t be expensive at all – you can make it a part of your quality time with the family and bond while embellishing your home through DIY projects. I found wood to be the most grateful and the most beautiful material to work with – wooden chandeliers are a gorgeous addition to a common family space.

      3. Kitchen

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        Another amazing way to bond with your family is eating together at the kitchen. Sitting at the dining table should be a rather pleasant way to spend time enjoying delicious meals. A chandelier is a great solution for proper lighting here, and my suggestion is to go with warm lights and dimmers, so that you can set the atmosphere just right.

        On the other hand, the kitchen aisle, or the part of the kitchen which you use to prepare meals, should be quite the opposite and I found colder lights to improve my focus here. Although you have probably never thought of this or even noticed that it bothers you, changing just one light bulb will make a significant difference.

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        4. Kids’ Room

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          Well, this one depends on how old your kids are, but this room is your only excuse to have fun with lights and I’m sure your kids will love it. Slowly rotating lamps that cast shadows in star shapes, for example, are a really nice touch.

          When it comes to homework time and studying, getting a desk lamp will do. As I already mentioned, colder lights improve my efficiency and focus, but that’s probably a force of habit, so you should try both types of light bulbs to see which one is better in your case.

          5. Bathroom

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            Being a place where all your family members do their basic hygiene routine, as well as shaving, make-up, hairstyling, and so on. This room should be the brightest one of all. My bathroom has the main ceiling light, naturally, but the mirror is surrounded with vanity lamps on both sides. This way, you can turn them on and off when necessary – like when taking a long bath, perhaps.

            Being busy with all other small and big life matters doesn’t leave much room to think about your home lighting or to find ways to improve it, which is exactly why I wanted to draw attention to it. You don’t have to do it all at once – pick a room and see what changes you’d like to introduce considering lighting, and when you’re done or have enough time, move to the next one. I’m absolutely sure you’ll appreciate it.

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            Last Updated on November 19, 2019

            20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

            20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

            Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

            If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

            1. Create a Daily Plan

            Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

            2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

            Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

            3. Use a Calendar

            Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

            I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

            Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

            4. Use an Organizer

            An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

            These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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            5. Know Your Deadlines

            When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

            But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

            6. Learn to Say “No”

            Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

            Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

            7. Target to Be Early

            When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

            For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

            Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

            8. Time Box Your Activities

            This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

            You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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            9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

            Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

            10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

            Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

            You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

            11. Focus

            Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

            Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

            Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

            12. Block out Distractions

            What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

            I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

            When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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            Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

            13. Track Your Time Spent

            When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

            You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

            14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

            You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

            Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

            15. Prioritize

            Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

            Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

            16. Delegate

            If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

            When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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            17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

            For related work, batch them together.

            For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

            1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
            2. coaching
            3. workshop development
            4. business development
            5. administrative

            I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

            18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

            What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

            One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

            While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

            19. Cut off When You Need To

            The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

            Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

            20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

            Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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